I keep changing my mind on this Saturday’s welterweight clash between European champion David Avanesyan and contender Josh Kelly. I have always been a fan of the latter with his slick movements and an eagerness to impress the crowd. However that didn’t prove fruitful in his last two outings against Ray Robinson (MD Draw 10) and Winston Campos (UD10). Avanesyan on the other hand is coming off two stellar knockout victories over former 147lbs boogeyman Kerman Lejarraga before stopping Jose Del Rio in one at the end of 2019.
The time off is what makes picking a winner in this fight so interesting, who does it benefit more? It could be that this time away has benefitted the Sunderland man, taking time to iron out those lazy periods in the ring. One thing is for sure, Kelly needs to be at his best here and he looked it on the scales, I just can’t help but feel he will still slow down later in the fight. It will be fun whilst it lasts but they say you’re only as good as your last performance, and Kelly going the distance with Winston bloody Campos is just awful.
‘PBK’ said he wants to prove people wrong although being the slight favourite at 4/6*. I was confused about that at first until I saw how many others were picking Avanesyan (5/4*) to win. I like Avanesyan here and I think he’ll just edge out Kelly on the cards. All being well if the judges score it correctly.
*Prices are from Sky Bet.